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Reflection & Notes from October 27th
October 28, 2009, 12:48 am
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Open Education with tonights Host Jon Mott and his slide presentation. 3915530627_442e19f997

Photo:Nationaal Archief / Spaarnestad Photo / Het Leven, SFA0228189

This was another great night of information on Open Education. Before the class we were asked to take a look at some videos on CC Creative Commons. If you are not sure what this is all about (like how I was), then take some time to look at this – Video #1 and video #2. Creative Commons is a place where people can still have ownership of their work but also give others the chance to perform with it and do some actions. The world is creating a place of more and more learners.

Open Access and Open Publishing: If  we look back at education and the information that was out there, we know it was hard to access and could be locked down. But today we can get information anytime, any place and anywhere! This is great and allows for anyone to learn whenever and wherever! Times have also changed with publishing, once again anyone can publish anything, anywhere and at any time! There are some many different sites that you can publish on – utube, twitter, blogs and the list goes on and on and on. The best tool invented (thank goodness for this class or I would of never heard of it), is the use of RSS. Creating this tiny little tool allows you to organize and keep track of all the information that is out there. Now I love that there is access to information like this and that anyone can publish anything but…we still have to be careful. What we read on the internet doesn’t mean that it is real. We really need to stress this to the students that we teach, especially at a young age. We need to teach them how to look for sites that have good information and sites that help them research. Since anyone can publish information, it doesn’t mean that the information that they are posting is correct. I remember Alec coming into one of my Moral Education classes back in the day  and talking to us about websites, there was this one site that was created to inform people the Holocaust never really happened. ( I tried to look for it) So we need to teach students the right way to look for information, so they don’t get the wrong information.

” If you can Google it….don’t teach it and don’t test it”, agreed. Well almost, we still need to instruct the students and show them the way. We are teachers to facilitate and to help the student grow in their learning. We can do this by teaching them right from wrong and guiding them through different communities of learning. So Why do we test students? It is true the information is out there, if we forget we look it up. If we are testing the students we are just testing to see if they can memorize it long enough to take the test and forget it again. The best way to “test” is to get the students playing and doing the activities/lessons we teach them.

Open education and place to share content through Open Courseware:

– Open Couserware

R Commons

What an amazing website to have a place you can go to learn and you don’t have to pay! Well this class has a lot of learners joining in from all over the world to come together in a common learning enviroment. Talk about this Community of Learners – a map of the people from our class here. We can all share with no fees. I do have to ask – What does the future hold for Open Courseware? If everything become an open courseware- do we still need degrees? We are all gaining the same information but some of us pay so we can hold a degree. This would affect the universities and the instructors. I do think that we need to focus more in the classrooms of schools too. How do we start this? Have other school divisions done this already? Who leads these open courseware classes? Do students take them on their prep times or afterschool? Could you do this in elementary school?  I know we have started our first virtual French class that is one line for High Schools. This can be a great tools if a High school doesn’t have enough registered students then the “class” doesn’t happen. But if you offer open it up to all the high schools and combine all the students to a virtual school then everyone wins. (did that make any sense?)

Community Building – What I do know is that this class has created a community building for myself and others. This is the first class that has done this. I have create different communities from one class – twitter, blogs, Google Reader  I can keep update with my learning communities. I can stay in contact after the class so that I can continue to ask and look for help, so that I can help others, so that we can discuss similar lessons and plans. In other classes you just get each others email and then you never talk again (sometimes). This is what Jon said was our Open Architecture.

He then asked a question: “What do we want to happen to our students?”, I want to see our schools change and that every student has a lab top, that every classroom has a Smartboard, that students can blog at their desks, that the classroom is paperless (except for artwork 🙂 ), that students work together on-line and create their own personal learning communities, that we as teachers give them more control over their learning (but still doing curriculum) and that students start having fun.


October 23, 2009, 9:06 pm
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Last week guest was Slyvia Martinez, and I will apologize to everyone that I couldn’t make it. It is a very interesting topic.  I do have to say that I was not aware that games in the classroom  was such a hot topic. I do know how “hot” they are with the students, but this is video games. I’m not sure of very many “Excellent” educational games. Does anyone know of some really good sites? I would think that teaching the students in a fun way and using educational game as a time for fun would be fun for the students. When teaching and the students have free time they will always ask me “I have free time now.,..can I go on the computer and play Fun Brain it is an educational site”. Well I’m not sure if anyone has seen this site, but it does have some great games for students in math and reading. I find though the students by-pass the “educational games” and head straight for the arcade. The arcade is video games and shooting items.  I do think it is great that when students have free time they can use some educational games, but this is during their time in school. This is done after the lesson has taken place and the teacher has done the instructing.

I was reading Allison Trebles Blog and she got me thinking about teachers using educational games to teach the students. I see this happening, especially with a program called Music Ace, a software program that has been purchased for teachers to use. This program teaches the musica essentials to the students. Now it can be a great program to help teachers that don’t fully understand music theory (side note – all schools should have Arts Education specialist, another story for another day),  and want to teach to their students. The problem happens when they tell the students they are going to learn music theory and send them off the computer. There has been no instruction done with the students – for the most part where is the CREATIVE/PRODUCTIVE and the CULTURAL HISTORICAL? Once they finish they take a test to see if they know the music theory and BOOM they are done Music. There is no other teaching done in music. Now I can’t say every teacher does this, but it seems some do. Teachers need to understand that just because there is a great game that is educational and teaches the students that isn’t all they have to do.

I know that I have used some educational games in my teaching to explain a unit or lesson, most of the time we do the games as a class and stop to talk about certain issues or topics. A great site that I have been shown to me is  Against All Odds, looking at refugees and I think it would be a great site to do as a class, this way you can stop at different parts and have class discussions and talk about different things that are going on, look at different sites, blog about different topics and do different lessons with in the website.

Final Project Reflection
October 20, 2009, 9:25 pm
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Started to update my wiki yesterday with information for my final project. I was running around the site, trying to figure things out. Mainly how to change a name of a page, how to change appearance and so on. I figured out most things but the more I play the more I learn. I got a little frustrated and started to work on the Smartboard film unit. I would love some tips and people to go and edited what they can, give feedback…all that good stuff.  I did learn through a coworker how to embed YouTube files. YA!

                                                                                                   MrsPerrey Wiki

History of Story Telling
October 15, 2009, 2:30 am
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Wow! Look at the world now through digital story telling and it is amazing what one can do. You start with word of mouth….then through the years it leads to words written on a page….then you get pictures with words….then you get storybooks…movies….and now you can express words in any form you can. The more creativity there is the more people can relate and try new things.

1. First was blue pen – I really do need some help with this one…I couldn’t figure it out, but what I think it is…is a live journal you create on line to the words. Is it kind of like those books where you could pick your own adventure? I will play a little more with that one. The more I learn the better I can reflect on how to use in the classroom

2. The Pen Story – everyone knows that pictures are so meaningful to people. In a way it is stay connected to the future. So every picture tells a story! This is amazing video. I would love to create this for myself and also think that students would like to recreate their stories from their childhood. It reminds me of a Where I am Poem. So the question is how do you do this with students? Where do you start? Do you start by introducing the poem, they create the words, then move to pictures?

3. Phrasr – Here is my try on Love using digital story telling. This is a create way to reflect your own words through visual pictures. This would be another great digital story aid with poems and students finding the right picture to express themselves.

4. One Million Monkeys –  Excellent! I see this for high school students but could be used as a class project together for elementary. This site allows for you to choose different section to make your story that have already been written. (Again it’s like those choose your own adventure books). But you can actually change the story and add your own parts, comment on others that have written, there is a rating for PG or R. There is a section (of corse this is once you create your own account), to collaborative writing project. This is great for  students or anyone who likes to write to take a look at something a little different and get some help on starting the writing process.

5. The Time Machine Ok now for real…this one really is choose your own adventure book…but in a movie format! (I really hope that someone read those books when they are younger, or I’m going to sound crazy), This is a different way of telling a story and it gives the audience a chance to pick what they want to see happen.

6. We Feel Fine – Thumbs up to these creator! This must of taken some planning….great way to express feelings and see other people feelings from different ages, different place, different times and weather. So many feelings. These feelings could be great story starters that lead to something like the Time Machine.

7. twistori – cool….i think this one would be great to start letting students express their feelings, get them thinking and starting to write.

These are all great tools to use in the classroom I would love to know if anyone has used any of these in the classroom? How did it go? What did you do with them? How did you mark the work?

October 13th Digital Stories
October 14, 2009, 2:40 am
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Tonight we talked about digital story telling and our presenter was not able to make it  Alan Levin and his blog.

Digital Story telling, we took a look at some very powerful stories, here a few of them.

The Story of a Sign – amazing story telling with many different effects (type of shots, sound, music, POV, lighting)

Last Day Dream – very powerful with music that symbolizes a heart beat

Here a few examples of how the story can be changed. We are looking at how music and sound can change the theme of a story.

The Shining Recut – This is suppose to be a scary movie, but changing the music , the editing can make it seem not so scary and dark

Scary Mary – adding text, sound and music with a few editing techniques can make this movie classic a Horror.

Digital Story telling – there are so many different ways we as educators can give students a chance to express themselves. Here is a way to get started with a  movie outline and 1 minute to tell the story.

Forrest Gump – One minute – one shot- lot’s of work, storyboard, costumes, props, adding sound effect and music.

Stop Motion Animation: take a look at these stories done.

Neighbors – 1952 by Norman McLaren – the first stop motion created and inspired so many others.

Tony vs. Paul – some work done by stop motion and good editing

The Pen Story – this is a very meaningful way of expressing digital storytelling by using pictures, stop motion and a lot of planning.

For more inspirational and digital stories take a look here.

I also have included some of the classmates favourite digital stories: Please take a look and let me know which one you like and why? What kind of activities would you do with students? Have you done any yet?

I have done some different digital story telling with my students and will post some of the later. I wish that I could upload them right to my blog….

Fee Hugs – One of my favourites

Lost Generation

Sasquatch Dancing Man

7:35 in the morning

Michael Jordan “Failure”

Reflections October 6th
October 7, 2009, 3:42 am
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Sue Waters Blogging: Connecting and Learning

Blogging with Students:

I was able to use blogging with my students last year and it was perfect for writing class (creative writing). The students would post their stories and then they would comment on each others stories, giving them feedback. We discussed before the class about feedback and how to give proper feedback. The parents would then look at the students sites and give feedback as well. This is great way and  Sue Waters talked about in blogging with students tonight about evaluate – review- reflect.  The students need first an outline of what is expected of them and I think that is for any lesson the students create. If the students are commenting on other students stories they are learning more about writing and looking at peer editing. Comments can create communication that is very important. Just as important as the actual blog. Blogging can changes how you can learn. When the students start to use blogging everyday and especially in school they are constantly  reflecting and from reflecting they are learning. REFLECT, REFLECT, REFLECT!

Concerns about Blogging:

1) I think there will always be concerns with anything we do with technology and the internet. I will just reflect back on last years students and the outline we used with their blogs. We first sent home a letter to the parents letting them know what was going on and how the blogs would be used, it was like a permission letter and the parents signed off for the students. Now some parents didn’t know much about blogs so they didn’t comment. I also kept a classroom blog (that I tried to update), but it turned out to only be a place to give information. It turned more into a website then a discussion for the classroom. It was a learning curve….I know better ways now from the few classes to set it up better.

2)Some are worried about what students will post on their blog. Students say silly things at times. If they are going to write it on paper, they will most likely write it on a blog. Last year students had to write it out on paper first and get a peer/teacher edit before it went up on the blog. Parents were given the links to the students blogs, so if the student was going to write something inappropriate his or her guardian would see it. But this didn’t happen. We talked in class about blogging and writing etiquette and commenting.

Mrs Perrey Students blogging assignments

Student Blog and Student comments – make sure to sign in to Google reader and to subscribe to the students comments sections. You want to be part of the learning process with your students. What great advice I have done Blogs with my students and I will just say that using Google reader is going to save so much time and help me see the students learning.

TIPS For Using Blogging In The Classroom

1. Send home parent permission letters – give them all the information of what you will be doing (could even have a parents night, this way the parents can learn what blogging is and how to use it)

2. Teach students blogging etiquette

3. Help and Guide your students through the blogging process

Tips from tonight: Loved that we got to interact in class with writing on the visual wall! New tool that I had not seen before or that it was even capable. It was like using the Smartboard in the classroom.


Why you should use Pingback:

1. Reference certain posts and links to the site you talked about

2. If mention a person you should Pingback  because of respect and credit to that person.

Sue Waters question

1. I have only done a few blogging classes and was wondering if you knew of any great sites that have great lessons that use social networking?

2. Have you blogged in the classroom with students, what tips or tricks would you suggest are the most beneficial? Is there any  blogging sites that allow you to have your own blog  can give students access too?

3. How do you keep promoting blogs and social networking when you have a limit of computers in your classroom? How do you manage time…classroom managment? Everyone loves to be on the computer and with no computer lab and only a few computers in the classroom it can be hard to get them on the computer…any suggestions?

October 6, 2009, 12:15 am
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Just gave the site wordle a try, and had a fun time. Quick and easy to use!

Here is the link to see my wordle art!